Pomo Canyon Red Hill Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jenner, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
An old California ranch overlooking the coast and Jenner headlands. Red Hill provides a series of trails climbing the tallest ridge just south of the Russian River on the coast. This exposed landscape of grasslands and chaparral provides plenty of sweeping vistas overlooking the mouth of the Russian River watershed out to Jenner, coastlines down to Bodega Head, and some great overlooks into Willow Creek. The hike includes some long and steady uphill segments right from the start with the only level areas along the ridge between the Hill and Willow Creek and the upper meadows. There's plenty of variety to break up the view and provide surprises when rounding knolls. Dropping down into Willow Creek is via a fairly steep trail through an amazing stretch of mixed and Redwood forest lush with ferns on the ground. Overall, a great walk. A partnership between Sonoma County and the State Park Systems recently added Willow Creek to the group of parks called Sonoma Coast State Beach. The "Beach" is actually a series of beaches separated by bluffs and headlands extending 17 miles from Bodega Head to a point 4 miles north of Jenner.
Enjoyed a fine walk to Red Hill with lovely vistas and a lot of raptors to observe. Coming back via Poma Canyon however we hit a lot of mud...suggest that leg be avoided until things have a chance to dry out more.
Great views. Lots of wildlife.
We thoroughly enjoyed this hike yesterday to the top of Redhill. The beautiful irises & another sweet wildflowers, the view which was completely panoramic, very few people (of course it was a Monday). Want to go again.
Sandra Dee K.
This hike is a 5 mile loop when using the Shell Beach Trail. Park in the parking lot at Shell Beach.(a public bathroom is available here) The trail is at the top of the drive across the road. This trail has a lot to offer. The up's on this trail go on forever! Great workout. I saw signs of coyotes along the whole trail. The redwoods are a great surprise. Once you get back to Shell Beach parking lot, take the trail to the right of the restroom and go to the beach......so fun and a great workout!
Sandra Dee K.
First mile from the Shell Beach end, is strenuous but the views of the ocean are well worth it. At near the 1/3 mark there is a great view of the Russian River just at Jenner. Here you have a viewpoint and a picnic table. The rest of the trail (going east to PomoTrail campground) is moderate kicking sprinkled with stream crossings.
Wonderful and manageable multi layer hike with stunning views.
Suggest Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon and come back on the Red Hill trail.
Beautiful views everywhere.
The description on this trail says it is "Dog Friendly" it isn't. There are signs posted everywhere that say dogs are restricted, but we saw many jerks who brought their dogs, let them run off leash and crap all over the trail. There was a disgusting amount of obvious dog feces - NOT COOL.
Please, do not bring your dog on trails that say they are not permitted, but if you must (because you're an a$$hole who thinks the rules don't apple), the least you can do for other hikers and, you know, the natural environment, is pick up and take out their waste.
other than that, this was a one of my favorite hikes. We started at 9am from Shell Beach, walked all the way to the other trailhead, by the campground then looped back, taking the Red Hill trail to Shell Beach. Gorgeous views of the Russian River Valley shrouded in fog, several old growth forests dotting the loop that offered shade once the sun came out, and got a few good hills in. All in all, a lovely day despite rude dog owners.